5 OF THE: BEST ROGUELIKES & ROGUELITES

5 – Spelunky Spelunky is an incredibly hard and borderline unfair sidescrolling platformer. The game requires you to explore increasingly dangerous underground tunnels in search of luxurious loot and damsels (or dogs) in distress. Although not a true roguelike, the game does include many key features of the genre; procedurally generated levels, a high base difficulty, and, most importantly, permadeath. …

GAME REVIEW: JAZZPUNK

Made by Necrophone Games and published by Adult Swim, Jazzpunk is a surreal faux espionage comedy adventure in which you play as Polyblank, perhaps the most unremarkable lead protagonist of any game. Jazzpunk begins with a Catch Me If You Can style opening sequence where we follow a suspicious human shaped suitcase though the conveyor belts of baggage reclaim. We …

THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT: CALL OF DUTY 2

Today, I’m going to replay a game I played as a child in a cold attic on a computer that ran slower than a geriatric tortoise moonwalking through sludge. This game I played so intently was not among the first to introduce me to video games, yet Call of Duty 2 is definitely the game I remember the most vividly …